More leaked emails from Sony have revealed a Spider-Man/Marvel crossover of a different kind.
A Brazilian website called Overtice (via Comic Book Movie) has unearthed some more nuggets of info in the vast trove of leaked email correspondence emerging from the disastrous hacking of Sony Pictures. In one of the latest discoveries, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War co-director Joe Russo offered to have himself and his brother/co-director Anthony produce Sony's next Spider-Man movie after negotiations to have Spidey appear in Civil War fell through.
Starting the email to Sony Pictures co-chairperson Amy Pascal by saying, "A pity that negotiations with Marvel did not work," the Russos first let Pascal know that they will still direct a film called The Gray Man for Sony, after they complete Civil War but before they tackle Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2 (that's also a little item that has been much rumored but not officially announced by Marvel, by the way).
Russo then offers to produce future Spider-Man films for Sony through the brothers' production company, Bullitt, but admits that it would involve a "difficult conversation" with current (and notoriously protective) Spider-Man producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. Still, he reckons that it's a "conversation worth having."
What was Pascal's response? Unknown. Either it has not been found yet or she didn't get a chance to reply before the attack commenced a week later on Sony's servers. We also don't know what Marvel might have thought of that proposal, seeing how that studio appears to be investing quite heavily in the Russos.
The hacking situation is a complete and ongoing catastrophe for Sony, and the assailants behind it have committed some truly ugly crimes -- especially relating to the release of personal, financial and medical information of people who either work for or do business with Sony. Many of the emails from Pascal's account -- either written by her or from others -- also reveal some of the more questionable ways that studio execs and producers discuss actors, filmmakers and even the president of the United States.
But there's no question that the hacking has also brought to light a lot of details about the way Sony and other studios are developing their comic-book properties and has confirmed a certain amount of rumor and speculation regarding those films.
What do you make of this whole mess? Should Sony let the Russos oversee its Spider-Man franchise, and could that perhaps pave the way again for Spidey to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe?